U.S. astronaut happy to be part of team delivering Olympic torch to ISS

The delivery of an Olympic torch to the International Space Station (ISS) will be another symbol of the unity of nations, Soyuz TMA-11M engineer, NASA astronaut Rich Mastracchio said.

The delivery of an Olympic torch to the International Space Station (ISS) will be another symbol of the unity of nations, Soyuz TMA-11M engineer, NASA astronaut Rich Mastracchio said.

He told a pre-flight press conference in Baikonur on Wednesday that the Olympic Games were an event contributing to the unity of nations and that it was a pleasure to see so many people united by a common goal.

The U.S. astronaut described the International Space Station as a major achievement of humanity.

He said he was glad they could combine two important undertakings - the ISS mission and the Olympic Games - and was proud to be a part of that endeavor.

Soyuz TMA-11M will take off on November 7. The spaceship will bring an Olympic torch to the ISS. Astronauts will take the torch on a space walk and bring it back to Earth.

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